Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Research Group

The Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics Research Group (STEM-RG) is primarily aimed at research in pre-service teacher education and teacher professional learning in science and mathematics. The focus of the group reflects international concerns related to education policy and curriculum development across the STEM disciplines as well as the focus across courses provided at Southern Cross University.

The STEM-RG aims to build a broader profile through collaborations across SCU and other university partners. The STEM-RG builds on a the considerable body of research conducted at SCU by Adjunct Professor Robert J. (Bob) Wright and Adjunct Professor Keith Skamp. It also expands into new areas of interest of current School of Education researchers. This includes mathematics and anxiety (Alan Foster); Geometry and ICT (Dr Christos Markopoulos) and scientific approaches to STEM education (Dr Geoff Woolcott).

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Our team

SCU team members

Higher Degree Research

CandidateDegreeThesisSupervisors
Tran Li Thi

PhD

Awarded 2016

An investigation of key elements of one-to-one intervention teaching of whole- number arithmetic: A retrospective study.

Principal supervisor: Professor Bob Wright and Professor Martin Hayden
Associate supervisor: Dr Geoff Woolcott

David Ellemore-Collins

PhD

Submission in 2017

Designing arithmetic instruction for intervention with low-attaining students. Principal supervisor: Professor Bob Wright and Professor Martin Hayden
Associate supervisor: Geoff Woolcott
Rumiati

PhD

Submitted June 2017

Mental calculation strategies of students attending a special school for the intellectually disabled. Principal supervisor: Professor Bob Wright and Professor Martin Hayden
Associate supervisor: Geoff Woolcott
Amanda Scott

PhD

Confirmation in 2017

An investigation into the long-term sustainability of collaborative research projects considered as complex systems

Principal supervisor: Professor Robyn Keast

Associate supervisors: Assoc Prof Geoff Woolcott and Dr Daniel Chamberlain (La Trobe)

Associates

  • Professor Catherine Bruce, School of Education and Learning, Trent University, Peterborough, Canada
  • Dr Daniel Chamberlain, School of Psychology and Public Health and the Australian Prevention Partnership, La Trobe University
  • Dr Ouhao Chen, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore
  • Professor Brent Davis, Werklund School of Education, University of Calgary, Canada
  • Assoc Professor Michelle Drefs, University of Calgary, Canada
  • Associate Professor Linda Galligan, University of Southern Queensland
  • Dr Margaret Marshman, University of the Sunshine Coast
  • Dr Janine McIntosh, Australian Mathematical Sciences Institute
  • Professor Joanne Mulligan, Macquarie University
  • Professor Yukari Okamoto, Gevirtz Graduate School of Education, University of California, Santa Barbara, USA
  • Dr Linda Pfeiffer, Central Queensland University
  • Professor Nathalie Sinclair, Faulty of Education, Simon Fraser University, Vancouver, Canada
  • Emeritus Professor John Sweller, University of New South Wales
  • Dr Robert Whannell, School of Education, University of New England
  • Chris Wines, Federation University Australia

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Dr Geoff Woolcott